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U.S. servicemembers look on as an Air Force B-1B Lancer performs a flyby at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015.

U.S. servicemembers look on as an Air Force B-1B Lancer performs a flyby at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. servicemembers look on as an Air Force B-1B Lancer performs a flyby at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015.

U.S. servicemembers look on as an Air Force B-1B Lancer performs a flyby at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. servicemembers look on as an Air Force B-1B Lancer performs a flyby at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015.

U.S. servicemembers look on as an Air Force B-1B Lancer performs a flyby at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Senior Airman Tmothy Hobson takes a picture of an F-22 during a flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 9, 2015.

Senior Airman Tmothy Hobson takes a picture of an F-22 during a flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 9, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

U.S. servicemembers look on as an F-22 performs a flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015.

U.S. servicemembers look on as an F-22 performs a flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow November 9, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Lt. Col. Benoit Paillard, squadron commander for the French Touraine 1-61 Squadron, left, and Air Force Capt. Jason Israel, a C-130 pilot, right, watch an F-22 flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 9, 2015.

Lt. Col. Benoit Paillard, squadron commander for the French Touraine 1-61 Squadron, left, and Air Force Capt. Jason Israel, a C-130 pilot, right, watch an F-22 flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 9, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, left, and Marine Capt. K.C. Koepp, aircraft commander for the KC-130 at the Dubai Airshow, take a selfie together Nov. 10, 2015.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, left, and Marine Capt. K.C. Koepp, aircraft commander for the KC-130 at the Dubai Airshow, take a selfie together Nov. 10, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Senior Airman Delaney Janoski, left, meets Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, right, while the secretary walks around the U.S. military static display at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 10, 2015.

Senior Airman Delaney Janoski, left, meets Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, right, while the secretary walks around the U.S. military static display at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 10, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, right, walks into the hull of a U.S. military aircraft during a tour at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 10, 2015.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, right, walks into the hull of a U.S. military aircraft during a tour at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 10, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, third from the right, walks into the P-8A Poseidon for a tour of the aircraft at the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 10, 2015.

Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, third from the right, walks into the P-8A Poseidon for a tour of the aircraft at the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 10, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

An F-22 performs a flies by during a flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 9, 2015.

An F-22 performs a flies by during a flight demonstration at the Dubai Airshow Nov. 9, 2015. (Chris Church/Stars and Stripes)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. military showed off its might at this week’s Dubai Airshow, with an Air Force F-22 Raptor flight demonstration, a B-1 bomber flyby and several static displays.

All four of the Defense Department branches were represented at the show. The Navy brought along its P-8A Poseidon, an aircraft that their allies around the world, including in the Middle East, will be seeing a lot more of next year. The Navy is currently phasing out the P-3 Orion with the Poseidon, which is a Boeing 737 outfitted with specialized equipment to advance the Navy’s anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts.

The P-8A is faster, more efficient and more reliable, said Cmdr. Jason Williamson, executive officer of Patrol Squadron 45, the Navy squadron in charge of the P-8A that was on display.

Also on display at the event were an Air Force C-130J and F-15E; a Marine MV-22 Osprey and KC-130; Navy MH-60R and MH-53 helicopters; and an Army CH-47 helicopter.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James took time away from her meetings with industry and military officials to greet U.S. servicemembers at the event.

Many servicemembers participating in the event are currently forward deployed or just finished deployments in the region.

Meeting with the troops, James said, allows her to hear what’s on their minds, while also provide them with updates of work being done in the Pentagon.

“Most of all, I want to thank them for their service and executing the mission in challenging and busy times,” she said.

The U.S. Department of Defense has supported the Dubai Airshow in every event since 2003.

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